Chicken & PoultryHealthyMain DishMiddle Eastern

Arabic Chicken Shawarma

Enjoy the flavors of authentic Shawarma with this easy and delicious Arabic Chicken Shawarma recipe! The mix of spices will make your mouth water before you even taste it!

I barely got any of this Chicken Shawarma because the husband snuck into the fridge to eat it  after I’d gone to bed.

Arabic Chicken Shawarma! This Arabic Shawarma Chicken Recipe is so good!

It was an unforgivable offense because this chicken is freakin’ delicious.

Here’s a random story about Shawarma:

We were in San Diego last summer for a friend’s wedding and ended up going to this bar that offered $1 drinks. So, not only were we out of town (mistake number one) for a wedding (mistake number two) with some of our closest friends (mistake number three), but we went out the night before the wedding to a bar that offered $1 drinks (mistakes number four and five).

Being the frugal person that I am, it was my responsibility to take advantage of such a fabulous sale on booze and inhibitions, so I joined my friends in imbibing a bit too much that night.

On the stumble walk back to the hotel, I smelled Chicken Shawarma and hauled the husband into this little hole-in-the-wall spot to get a taste. I can confidently say that had I not been wise enough to eat before I went to bed, I would have been pretty useless the next day at the wedding. That Shawarma chicken was awesome.

And so is this one.

Arabic Chicken Shawarma. What is chicken shawarma? It is delicious! Give it a try!

I really thought that the flavors of authentic Shawarma would be difficult to duplicate without one of those rotating-roasting-turny things, but I was pleasantly surprised by how delicious this is and how easy it was to make it.

You’re just cutting up some chicken, marinating it either overnight or while you’re at work all day, then popping it in the oven for 15 minutes before finishing it in a frying pan with extra oil and spices. Don’t skip the last step of sauteing it in a frying pan, it totally makes the dish!

Arabic Chicken Shawarma. Try this and you will make this a favorite of your Arabic chicken recipes!

We ate this Arabic Shawarma with pita bread and Tabbouleh salad, which was totally wonderful. Throw a little tzatziki sauce or hummus in there with it and you’ll be made in the shade.

Follow it up with a piece of Arabic Date and Honey Cake to satisfy that sweet tooth.

Not counting the time it takes to marinade, you can totally have this done in under 30 minutes, making it a perfect weeknight meal!

Dust off your spice jars and get ready for the awesome.

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Here’s the Recipe!

Arabic Chicken Shawarma | from The Wanderlust Kitchen

Arabic Chicken Shawarma Recipe

Enjoy the flavors of authentic Shawarma with this easy and delicious Arabic Chicken Shawarma recipe! The mix of spices will make your mouth water before you even taste it!
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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Prep Time: 8 hrs
Cook Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 8 hrs 25 mins
Servings: 8 Servings
Calories: 344kcal
Author: The Wanderlust Kitchen
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For the Marinade
  • 2 lb. boneless - skinless chicken breasts (about 4 large breasts)
  • 1/4 c. extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp. cumin
  • 2 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. allspice
  • 1 tsp. turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • Pinch of cayenne
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. black pepper
  • Nonstick cooking spray
To Finish
  • 6 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil - divided
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 1/4 tsp. allspice
  • 1/4 tsp. turmeric


  • Pour the ¼ cup of olive oil into a large plastic zipper bag. Add in the marinade spices, then seal the bag and shake to combine.
  • Cut the chicken breasts into sixths, then place the pieces into large plastic zipper bag. Seal the bag and use your hands to work the marinade into the chicken. Place the bag of chicken into the fridge to marinate 8 hours or overnight.
  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, then prepare a baking sheet by lining it with foil and spraying it with nonstick cooking spray. Arrange the chicken pieces evenly on the baking sheet in a single layer.
  • Bake for 8 minutes, flip the chicken pieces over, then bake for another 8 minutes.
  • Remove the chicken from the oven and let sit until cool enough to touch. Slice the chicken
    into thin pieces using a sharp knife.
  • Heat 2 Tbsp. of the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • While it is heating, mix the remaining spices together in a small bowl and set it near the stove.
  • Once the oil is hot, add one third of the cooked chicken into the pan along with one third of the spices next to the stove. Cook, stirring, until the spices are spread amongst the meat and the chicken is heated through (just a minute or two).
  • Repeat this process with the remaining oil, chicken, and spices so that it is cooked in three batches (or, if you have a really, really big pan you could do it all at once). Serve warm with Tabbouleh salad and pita bread.
Nutrition Facts
Arabic Chicken Shawarma Recipe
Serving Size
1 serving
Amount per Serving
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat
Polyunsaturated Fat
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Please note that sometimes Chicken Shawarma is misspelled as: chicken shwarma, chicken schwarma, chicken swarma, chicken shawerma.


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Hi, I'm Anetta! Welcome to The Wanderlust Kitchen, where I share recipes and travel stories from all around the world. Here you'll find a world of recipes you can have confidence in. These recipes celebrate authentic food heritage as well as modern techniques and ingredients. I believe that food brings us together as much as it sets us apart. Be brave, try something new!

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  1. I made this tonight for dinner. I didn’t change anything. It turned out great! This is my go to meal when I eat Indian so I decided to try it at home. I printed this out & will make it again. I did serve mine with naan instead of pita.

  2. I am the Master Chefs student. I’m doing my studies in Chefs International Institute Of Pakistan. And I’m still learning from your side.
    Thank You.
    Allah Hafiez

  3. We went all “Anetta” at our house tonight – I made this delicious chicken, the taboulleh salad AND the Arabic Date and Honey Cake. It was all fantastic. Our neighbors who are from Israel wrap their chicken shawarma in flour tortillas, so I served it to my teens like that. They loved it.

    1. That’s awesome! It’s been a little while since I’ve made Shawarma for dinner – I think you’ve inspired me to put it on the menu this week! 🙂

  4. We loved this meal. I changed the recipe up a bit by omitting your last step, and love it! I re-posted it on my website.

  5. This was delicious! I skipped the baking step and just seared the marinated pieces in my cast iron skillet, let them rest for a while, then sliced them thinly and tossed the slices into the skillet again with the extra spices.

    I added quite a bit more salt, as well, as I was sauteeing the sliced chicken at the end– ended up with 1 1/2 teaspoons. 🙂

    I cannot eat wheat so I served this over rice, with yogurt sauce, lettuce, and feta.